A Signature Stone
Speak To The World
Having a signature stone or gem is a way to translate your personality to others without saying a word. So when deciding on the right one for you, consider first of all what you would like to say. Color, texture, and style of jewels all add up to a profound statement.
When thinking about adopting a signature stone, be sure it looks good on you. I once acquired a most remarkable piece of jewelry that simply looked washed out and flat with my skin tone. I was sad to realize I had a flop for myself, even though it was artistically and well made. Needless to say, I never purchased that particular gem for myself again. So I suggest you never buy jewels on impulse. In fact, I recommend if you are considering a costly jewel purchase, let the word PENSIVE come out of the word EXPENSIVE. Wait a day or so after finding the piece before buying it. Or at least make sure the jeweler has a 100% buy back, or exchange policy.
Also remember that a particular stone may come in varied shades, tones, and even colors. For example, the sapphire, though universally known for the beautiful royal blues it displays, can also be found in pinks, yellows, white, black, and so on. Rubies can be a deep almost blood red, all the way to a misty pink. Emeralds can be anything from a clear deep teal green, a cloudy, dreamy seafoam green. All lovely.
There are many legends, and lores surrounding gem stones. You may decide to research the stories behind the different jewels to help you decide on your signature stone. I believe once you have picked out your personal signature stone it is a great idea to find out all you can about it. Because eventually someone will ask about the pieces you wear and you will be able to tell them a tidbit about your stone, or if they are truely interested, you can go into detail.
After you have decided on a stone to suit your personality and skin tone, something you LOVE, then you will automatically consider your budget. If you are going to have a signature stone, you may also wish to have a signature piece. This may be a fantastic pin, ring, bracelet, or pair of earrings. Something to build your collection around.
When buying your signature piece, I suggest you shop, shop shop! Never settle for something you only like. Always get something you really love. If you can't afford the big carat weight single stone piece you would rather have, shop until you find a setting design that completely blows you away! This is not a comprimse. This is good common sense. Because many times the designs made with a few, or several smaller stones have the same general look, and feel of larger carat weight single stone peice.
When picking this signature piece, take your wardrobe into consideration. Do you wear business clothes regularly, or are you a jeans and tee shirt girl most of the time? Is your social life one of formal dinner parties, or Saturday afternoon backyard potlucks? Even though your social agenda may run from one extreme to another, you know where you enjoy being the most, what you seek out, the invitations you prefer to accept. So keep these things in mind when buying your signature piece.
When you are buying set gems you must think about your buget. Don't over extend yourself! Who needs the guilt or the juggling of finances? If you love platinum, but simply can't afford it, consider sterling silver. Or silver with a platinum, or white gold plate. You can also find quailty yellow gold plating over sterling. However I do not recommend a plated piece as your signature piece, simply because after much wear, the plating, no matter how expertly done, will eventually wear off. So when buying plated pieces, know they will be accessory pieces in your collection.
Also, don't be afraid to buy faux, or costume jewelry to add as accessories to your jewel collection. This is an inexpensive way to be fun, flirty, bold and in the long run... wise. For example, you may have your heart set on a huge carat weight stone in a ring. Most any big, BIG gem is going to cost big, BIG bucks! So before making the investment, buy something similar to your heart's desire in a quality faux design, and wear it! Does it feel good? Do you love the look? Does it balance well with what you want to project about yourself? Is it pretty with your clothes?
You can incorporate "real deal" stones, with costume and faux on all occasions. You can go from the simple to the outragous.
Many synthetic gems are hard to distinguish from the real deal. I have a friend with a "ruby" which was passed down, (originally bought as a wedding gift from one spouse to the other, almost 60 years ago), set in 24 carat yellow gold, that when appraised turned out to be synthetic. The appraisal of the piece valued it at over $300. Naturally the gold was a big part of the value, but the stone, even though not natural, is simply stunning.
The point of a signature stone is to have fun, and feel good! To decide for yourself who you are and what you wish to say about yourself. It can be anything from diamonds to onyx! Pearls to rose quartz! So choose wisely, and shine on!